With more than 130 rallies under his belt, Mads Østberg and his co-driver Torstein Eriksen are heading back to the FIA World Rally Championship WRC2 class to defend last year’s championship title together with Citroën Racing in the C3 Rally2 car.
Recently it was announced that the Norwegian is set to compete for Citroën in the Hungarian Rally Championship with eight rounds, to this Tagai Racing Technology now adds a WRC2 campaign with seven rounds together with the Norwegian who has been involved in the development of the Citroën C3 Rally2.
“Obviously, I’m very happy to be able to continue all the work done with Citroën Racing. We have got to know each other well over the years and the world title won in 2020 clearly illustrates just how effective our working relationship is,” Østberg said.
” I was heavily involved in the development of C3 Rally2 and I’m proud to be able to drive it in the upper reaches of world rallying. Defending the title with a new team is going to be a big challenge. We have worked a lot with Citroën Racing and TRT to put together this programme and it took a while to reach a decision. I’m convinced we have found the right solution to reach our goals.”
This year’s season has been a slow start for Østberg with no rally action other than commentating on WRC+ All Live for two rounds, but the remaining part of the season will be fully booked with 15 rounds through the two championships.
“Mads Østberg is one of a select number of drivers who have claimed an overall win at a round of the World Rally Championship, so he certainly has nothing to prove in terms of his speed.
“After winning the WRC 2 world title with C3 Rally2 in 2020, we are proud to pursue our working relationship with him, one that goes back many years now. Mads is an esteemed member of the #C3Rally2Family.
“Our goal is clear for this new season in the WRC 2: win another World Championship title. Mads and C3 Rally2 form the ideal combination to reach our goal.” Didier Clément, Head of Customer Racing, Citroën Racing, said.